Stay Warm Spartans

Now that we are all well seasoned Michigan winter goers, I think it is common knowledge that the more layers you bundle up in, the warmer your torso, feet, and legs are. But what about those parts that you can’t cover with a scarf or extra layer of long johns?

Your eyes and the skin exposed around them are the most vulnerable to the winter winds that we all must endure while walking around campus.

Here is some great advice during this (hopefully) last stretch of winter before spring!

Stay warm out there Spartans!!

Overcoming Freelance Outsourcing


Freelancing is becoming a more and more popular career for Professional Writers. Who wouldn’t want to make a living while working from home? On top of that being your own boss? It sounds too good to be true. However, competition is fierce when it comes to making a living this way. Especially when there are sites like Fiverr who offer all kinds of services for less then $20. This article from Lifehacker has some great tips to help you overcome outsourcing and make a living by freelancing.

Check Out Infographic Software Canva


Are you interested in making an infographic, but don’t have the software to create it? Or do you have a tough time trying to figure out programs like Adobe InDesign? Well, look no further and check out  Canva!

Canva is an easy to use, drag-and-drop sofware that’s online.  Join the other 1.4 million people who are already on board and sign up with just your email or through your Facebook account. Oh, by the way, it’s completely free! I just signed up, and have to attest to it’s user-friendly format. Definitely check it out!

“Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad”

Looking for a new book to read? Well, you should definitely add “Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad” to your list! Especially if you’re a romantic like me.

Written by Betty DeRamus, a veteran journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist. Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad, is just as the title implies. It is a compilation of loves stories from the Underground Railroad.

DeRamus has always had a love for stories of her African American ancestry. This love and inspiration for her book were only furthered after hearing the accounts of enslaved people who went through extraordinary lengths to stay together because of love.

According to CBS Detroit, “’And it inspired me to start thinking maybe there are some more stories about what we did for love and I began researching them and after a couple of years I discovered I had a book that somebody actually wanted to publish,’ says DeRamus.”

CBS Detroit continued to say that DeRamus’s book was published in 2005 and has been picked up by a major television. Motown great Stevie Wonder will be producing the planned mini-series.

In addition to her book being turned into a television series, DeRamus will be inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in April.